FROM Jon B. Hurst
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The US Supreme Court will make a decision on healthcare reform before the next presidential election, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama whatever the Court decides in the meantime. The federal reforms Republicans call "ObamaCare" are similar to the plan adopted when Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts — and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. But after five years, how is the Massachusetts plan working? What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The main provisions of federal healthcare reform won't go into effect until 2014, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama in next year's re-election campaign. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney signed off on a similar plan when he was Governor of Massachusetts, and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. We look at how Romney's plan has developed over the past five years. What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.